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Architecture as Experiential Marketing: The Surprisingly Bright Vantablack Olympic Pavilion in PyeongChang

09:00 - 22 February, 2018
Architecture as Experiential Marketing: The Surprisingly Bright Vantablack Olympic Pavilion in PyeongChang, © Keshia Badalge
© Keshia Badalge

Much has been said about the darkest building in the world, designed by Asif Khan, for Hyundai's Winter Olympic pavilion this year. What’s more surprising about this blackest-of-black pavilion is really how bright it is inside. The imposing facade of Vantablack VBx2 encloses a series of radiant, playful rooms and the entire project is part of a joint effort by Hyundai and Asif Khan to use architecture and design principles to bring delight to Olympic visitors in Pyeongchang this year.

© Kyungsub Shin © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco + 39

Asif Khan Unveils 'Darkest Building on Earth' For Winter Olympics Pavilion

10:34 - 7 February, 2018
Asif Khan Unveils 'Darkest Building on Earth' For Winter Olympics Pavilion, © Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

Asif Khan's Vantablack pavilion, the world's first super-black building, will open at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony on 9 February 2018.

The Olympic pavilion is coated with Vantablack VBx2 carbon nanotubes and illuminated by thousands of tiny white light rods. These rods extend from the structure's parabolic super-black facade and create the illusion of a field of stars suspended in space. Looking at the building will be the closest experience to looking into space from a point on Earth.

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes + 11

Anish Kapoor Now Owns the Rights to the World's Darkest Material

17:00 - 6 March, 2016
Anish Kapoor Now Owns the Rights to the World's Darkest Material, via Wikipedia
via Wikipedia

Anish Kapoor, a British-Indian sculptor, now owns the exclusive rights within the field of art to Vantablack, currently the world’s darkest material. Developed by a team of scientists at Surrey NanoSystems in 2014, Vantablack absorbs all light and creates a crease free abyss which is often compared to a black hole. Other artists, such as Christian Furr, had intended to use Vantablack in a series of paintings, but no longer can due to Kapoor’s monopolization. “All the best artists have had a thing for pure black — Turner, Manet, Goya,” he told Daily Mail. “This black is like dynamite in the art world. We should be able to use it. It isn’t right that it belongs to one man.”